NFL fines Packers $300,000, Aaron Rodgers and Allen Lazard $14,650 each

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The NFL has completed its review of Green Bay’s COVID protocol violations. And quarterback Aaron Rodgers has escaped with a slap on the wrist.

According to the NFL, the Packers have been fined $300,000 for COVID protocol violations. Rodgers and receiver Allen Lazard have been fined $14,650 each for attending the Halloween party while unvaccinated, according to the discipline schedule negotiated by the NFL and the NFLPA. Per the league, the joint COVID protocols prohibit unvaccinated players from gathering outside of the club facility in a group of more than three players.

The league said the Packers were warned that future violations could result in escalated discipline, including possible change of draft position or loss of draft choices.

“The Club was fully cooperative in the investigation into violations of the collectively bargained NFL-NFLPA protocols,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT.

As to the press conferences at which Rodgers spoke within the facility, the league concedes that “there’s no argument that Aaron Rodgers should have been wearing a mask.” However, Rodgers wasn’t fined by the league for the press conference violations, because (per the league) the primary responsibility falls on the club to enforce the protocols.

The league also reviewed “substantial video” from the club facility. “While the review showed a few isolated instances of Rodgers and Allen Lazard failing to wear a mask in facility, they were substantially compliant otherwise,” McCarthy said. “There was no widespread or systemic mask-wearing violations.”

The fine for the Packers includes the Halloween party. “The team didn’t sanction the party but they were aware of it after it took place and did not discipline Rodgers or Lazard and failed to report their violations to the league,” McCarthy said.

“We respect the League’s findings and we recognize the importance of adherence to the COVID protocols to keep our team and organization safe and healthy,” Packers CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “We will continue to educate the team regarding the importance of the protocols and remain committed to operating within the protocols.”

Obviously, however, they didn’t. Or they wouldn’t be shelling out $300,000.

The league has responsibility for this as well. It set up a system that requires teams to harass and harangue players to comply. What did anyone expect the Packers to do when it came to Rodgers, who already was upset with the organization? Chase him around and wag a finger at him every time he broke protocol?

Moving forward, the Packers will have to do that or face draft-pick penalties. Per the league, Rodgers also was warned by the NFL that future violations will result in increased discipline, including a possible suspension.

87 responses to “NFL fines Packers $300,000, Aaron Rodgers and Allen Lazard $14,650 each

  1. Rodgers should be suspended for lying and repeated breaches of the league protocol. What a joke.

  2. Brady framed – A 1st and 4th rder lost, 4 game suspension and massive fines.

    Ridgers lies and cheats, while possibly killing people, what equates to a fine of about $5.

    Congress may want to start moving around their investigation into Goodell antics to issues outside the WFT.

  3. I believe for the NFL this was put under the category send this out and see if everyone stops talking about it. I have very little faith in the NFL for its practices and procedures. And frankly it’s professionalism which goes up and down like the tides.

  4. Rodgers is lucky his penalty for not getting vaccinated and lying about it wasnt a trip to the ICU on an incubator or death by Covid 19,a hideous disease that has already killed a half million Americans and nobody can lie their way out of that.

  5. Makes no sense. Are there really two sets of rules in the NFL depending on if someone likes you or not? Not even losing a late round draft pick?

  6. Ut is a quarterback Quarterback league. Special treatment on the field. Special treatment off the field.

    That’s not even a slap on the wrist. I’m guessing the NFL negotiated this “punishment” and got Rodgers’ permission.

    If they were serious about these issues, they’d take a 1st or 2nd-day draft pick. Better yet, lower the Packers’ salary cap by 5-10% for the rest of this season and next.

  7. Ricky Williams smokes some weed… NFL ruins his life and costs him the prime of his career, and probably a HOF jacket. Sets back Dolphins franchise for 15 years and counting even though they did nothing wrong as well….. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers lies about a pandemic, puts everyone around him in literal mortal danger, the Packers help him cover it up for 3 months… and they get small fines. HOW… IS….THIS…POSSIBLE!?!?!?!?

  8. Since Rodgers won’t be around anyway the loss of draft picks won’t effect him at all, in fact it helps whatever team he goes to since it hurts the Pack.

  9. He shouldn’t be fined and no one else that isn’t vaccinated. That’s a person’s choice and people should wake up and not be sheep if you don’t think something isn’t fishy about this whole pandemic then you need to WAKE up don’t be woke.

  10. In cheesehead money that will be $14.65 … n course if Brady will still with the pats and he was the not quite truthful catch it would be losing first and thirds for the next 19 years.

  11. This is outrageous as Rodgers literally got a tap on the risk. To me being unvaccinated is like being drunk. When you are drunk you are told not to drive because you can kill people. Same thing with being unvaccinated, you are told to wear a mask and go through protocols because you are much more likely to catch Covid and spread it to others who could end up getting killed. If Brady could get suspended for 4 games for deflating balls and Zeke gets 6 games for questionable charges by a scorned ex, Rodgers should get 8 games for breaking protocol and putting peoples lives in danger. In addition, Rodgers should be forced to do community service where he talks to a family member of a covid death victim, a long haul covid survivor, or an ICU nurse that has been treating covid patients. Maybe that will teach Rodgers some humility, but probably not. I’m so glad my 49ers didn’t get him as I would much rather have Trey as he has similar athletic traits as Rodgers (probably more athletic) but he has humility and is always willing to learn

  12. What a joke. Conservatively, Rodgers is getting paid $22,000,000 for 2021. For someone making $100K his fine would equate to $66.59 percentage-wise. The guy should be suspended for at least 4 games for his actions.

  13. This just proves that the NFL doesnt care at all about Covid. Give the picks back to the teams that lost them last season. Also Cam lost his chance to keep his job because of the protocols.

  14. This is how it should be. The punishment fits the crime. Does Rodgers have a history of skirting the rules? Do the Packers? Nope. Just because the mob says otherwise doesn’t mean anything. Glad to see these keyboard warriors have wasted their knuckles complaining for absolutely nothing aside from a slap on the wrist. I’m an unvaccinated Dolphins fan, but man do I hope the Packers win the SB this year.

  15. Well, at least some players are finally getting the message.
    Kirk Cousins was seen wearing a mask during his postgame presser after the Ravens game.
    It was the first time the Vikings signal caller was following masking protocols on this since earlier in training camp.

  16. They now need to ride Rogers like a new pony and enforce punitive action for every subsequent breach of policy. He won’t be able to handle it.

  17. League office……”Hey, these guys violated COVID protocol and lied about getting vaccinated, endangering the playing careers of their teammates and possibly the lives of anyone they happen by that have a compromised immune system, what should we fine them?”

    “How about $14,650?”

    “Where’d you come up with that number Mr. Goodell?”

    “It’s what the lucky numbers on this fortune cookie add up to”

    “Pure genius Mr. Goodell”

  18. So Gruden my old coach is gone in 2 days over bad words, this guy ignores all protocols and get a slap on the wrist? Seems kind of unfair really.

  19. What a load of BS. A bunch of League guys sat around and spitballed what they thought was the least they could do and get away with it. Do we even believe them for a minute that noncompliance going forward jeopardizes Rodgers’s ability to play? We’re in the second half of season and I doubt they have the guts to suspend Rodgers now, no matter what he does. I honestly try not to be too cynical in life, but it’s hard when we’re talking about the NFL.

  20. feetballs711 says:
    November 9, 2021 at 8:44 pm
    Makes no sense. Are there really two sets of rules in the NFL depending on if someone likes you or not? Not even losing a late round draft pick?

    14 4 Rate This

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    Umm, yes?

    – Pats Fans (who have been talking about this for 15 years)

  21. Just stop with the he’s killing ppl. My 8 year with asthma was refused a covid test 2 days in a row. Her symptoms fever headache nausea sore throat. Etc. both Drs yeah I don’t see enough to test her. I even demanded it. The response was something to the effect of do you want to waste money.

    It’s time to wake up people.

  22. People should be glad that Rogers allowed people to think he was vaccvinated. I bet a lot of people went out and got the shot because they thought Rogers was vaccinated and they were convinced it was good for them too.

  23. Shouldn’t it be $14K per violation? And when are we going to hear about similar fines for Cousins/Vikings, Wentz/Colts, and anyone else who’s done the same thing. Rodgers is a a different class as far as misleading the press and the public, but the league and the team knew his status so it’s not like he lied to them. That’s a PR/sponsorship thing, not a protocol issue.

  24. Sooooo, the NFL is going to have somebody at their facility watching the protocols being followed ???

  25. So all the videos of him at press conferences without a mask wasn’t available for the NFL to view?

  26. The biggest price Rodgers has paid, heavily, is respectability. He can’t earn it back unless he walks it back.

  27. canadianpatsfan says:
    November 9, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    In cheesehead money that will be $14.65 … n course if Brady will still with the pats and he was the not quite truthful catch it would be losing first and thirds for the next 19 years.

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    Rodgers very obviously violated protocols with post game maskless pressors and deserves to be fined based on the 2021 negotiated rules. The penalty for that has always been pretty clear and not very substantial.

    Beyond that, Brady lied to the league and obstructed the investigation by destroying evidence. Rodgers didn’t lie to the league or his team about his status, he lied to the press and fans. A jerk move for sure, but comparing the two is like comparing criminal offense vs. civil.

  28. Packers just got NFL approval for their 6th stock sale in franchise history. Fans should boycott the purchase of any “stock”. It’s just a contribution to their building fund for Lambeau Field improvements. Hit them where it hurts.

  29. The disinformation that people lap up without question is getting to a critical point in this country.. wake up people.

  30. NFL review:
    1) Arron Rodgers was seen multiple times on team video in the facility not wearing a mask. He was required to wear a mask at all times in the facility.

    2) Arron Rodger did not wear a mask at more than 7 media meeting inside the facility. Rodgers was required to wear a mask at the media meeting because (a) They were inside the facility and (b) Unvaccinted players were required to wear a mask at media events.

    3) Arron Rodgers attended a party with more than 3 team mates. Players are not allowed to attend social events with more than 3 tea,mmates. Arron Rodgers reportedly did not wear a mask at the party.

    4) During the preseason,Rodgers did not wear a mask when on the sidelines while not available to play.

    Appears to be at least 15 – 20 violations of Covid rules. (multiple on video) + (Multiple with media) + (Party) + (Sidelines) .

    What part of that sounds a fine for 1 violation only?

  31. Risk multiple peoples lives? $14,000 Your football is off a psi? 4 game suspension….The Shield

  32. Gruden was run out of the league for less

    Brady was framed for less

    Many have done less and gotten big fines or suspended

  33. feetballs711 says:
    November 9, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Makes no sense. Are there really two sets of rules in the NFL depending on if someone likes you or not? Not even losing a late round draft pick?

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    Teams that lost draft picks were repeat violators. The Packers are not repeat violators, yet.

  34. 49erfan says:
    November 9, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Rodgers should get 8 games for breaking protocol and putting peoples lives in danger. In addition, Rodgers should be forced to do community service where he talks to a family member of a covid death victim, a long haul covid survivor, or an ICU nurse that has been treating covid patients.

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    Regardless of what the NFL found, the only punishment they could have given Rodgers was fines, to a maximum of $50,000 and a maximum of $14,650 per incident.

  35. luke8512 says:
    November 9, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    League office……”Hey, these guys violated COVID protocol and lied about getting vaccinated, endangering the playing careers of their teammates and possibly the lives of anyone they happen by that have a compromised immune system, what should we fine them?”

    “How about $14,650?”

    “Where’d you come up with that number Mr. Goodell?”

    “It’s what the lucky numbers on this fortune cookie add up to”

    “Pure genius Mr. Goodell”

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    Goodell didn’t just come up with the number for this punishment. That’s what the union agreement with the league specified.

  36. So they got a little slap on the wrist. Chump change for an organization and the players. Great job NFL. What’s next for tomorrow’s news cycle, name Tony Corrente as the Super Bowl ref?

  37. Hey, he lied and refused to follow NFL rules to perpetuate the lie – all to make sure people didn’t get mad at his sensitive soul. I’m not sure the public turning on him and thinking he’s a dope isn’t punishment enough.

  38. I’d like to know if Rodgers missed a game check last Sunday. He should’ve, since his situation was avoidable. I’d be satisfied with him losing $2 mil because of his “critical thinking”…

  39. See what happens when you are Great Packer organization! Nobody messed with their greatness! Rodgers will be Superbowl MVP this year! Too bad for everyone else! Now go away and quit pouting!

  40. It makes no sense to ignore video of him not wearing a mask at press conferences because it was the teams job to enforce the rules. Either the rules are the rules or everyone fined in the past should get their money back.

  41. The “Slap on the wrist” seems more like a pat on the back. “Atta boy, put others in jeopardy, (“Who cares about safety/health issues in a dangerous sport?)”
    Shame on the shield.

  42. Lesser teams would have been punished much more severely. And by lesser teams, I mean anyone with less than 13 World Championships.

  43. And they told him to never, ever do this again. Double- secret probation.
    It was like a double take and then I laughed out loud on the bus.

  44. With all these calls for larger penalties, I’m surprised the NFL didn’t revoke one of New England’s first round picks just out of habit.

  45. mike624 says:
    November 9, 2021 at 8:59 pm
    Just stop with the he’s killing ppl. My 8 year with asthma was refused a covid test 2 days in a row. Her symptoms fever headache nausea sore throat. Etc. both Drs yeah I don’t see enough to test her. I even demanded it. The response was something to the effect of do you want to waste money.
    __________

    As a further aside, if you described your daughter’s alleged symptoms to the doctors as you did here they were no doubt confused. Being able to coherently articulate the patient’s condition is essential to an accurate diagnosis.

  46. Hey NFL, here’s a idea, how bout you focus on playing some football so the hard working fans have something to watch and be entertained by after working 50 hour work weeks. We don’t need all the drama. Thank you

  47. I don’t take issue with his ability to make the decision to go with immunotherapy and natural methods instead of getting vaxxed (not that I’d go that way, but he does have a choice). But he lied about his status to his employer and then broke the rules his union agreed to for people in his situation. All I know is that if I did that, I’d be fired.

  48. But no draft picks?…like the Saints lost?…just money that they have in their ashtrays?… What a racket. The nfl, consistently inconsistent.

  49. Goodell showing favoritism. Loves his Packers.
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    If that were true, wouldn’t they have been in/won more than 2 Super Bowls the last 30 years?

  50. touchback6 says:
    November 9, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Pats Fans (who have been talking about this for 15 years)

    +++++

    Maybe it’s time to accept it and move on?

  51. Maybe it’s time to accept it and move on?
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    Its amusing, watching them act like Spygate I & II and Deflategate never happened.

  52. These fines are such a joke for these guys who make millions. They just fine for public consumption to make the public think they are really coming down on these guys. It’s pennies for them.

  53. And they told him to never, ever do this again. Double- secret probation.
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    “The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me!”

  54. That’s BS, what more were the Packers supposed to do? Rodgers convinced them that he was vaccinated, they can’t “enforce” safety protocols that they don’t know apply to him.

  55. Rodgers convinced them that he was vaccinated, they can’t “enforce” safety protocols that they don’t know apply to him.
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    How did he “convince them”? Showing a vaccine card, like every other US citizen/resident?

    The Packers knew his status. Don’t fool yourself into believing otherwise.

  56. How did he “convince them”? Showing a vaccine card, like every other US citizen/resident?

    The Packers knew his status. Don’t fool yourself into believing otherwise
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    Right, I’m sure nobody would ever try to get a phony card.

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